St Florent lies on a sparkling bay, sheltered between the wild mountains of Cap Corse and the magnificent, untamed Désert des Agriates. Founded by the Romans, St Florent later grew to be a flourishing medieval port under the rule of Genoa and it has remained relatively unspoilt.
It has retained an air of this varied past and today you can walk from one end of the town to the other in 10 minutes, and still see evidence of this, not to mention an echo of the Mediterranean of 80 years ago through the luxury yachts in the marina, stopping off from the Côte d'Azur.
In the town centre a maze of narrow streets and passages fills the space between harbour and Citadel, and the town squares, encircled by cafés, looks towards the lively waterfront with its row of restaurants. It is a friendly town, and though similar in style, less pretentious and more intimate than St Tropez, and it has a fantastic atmosphere. We think it's an ideal centre for beach holidays and for exploring Corsica's northwest coast or the mountain villages inland.